Saturday, January 6, 2018

Education for MY future

Ever feel like nothing ever quite goes your way? Lord knows I've felt like that a LOT since graduating college in 2008. My feelings on it all can best be described by some of the lyrics of the classic Judas Priest song 'Breaking the Law'...

'So much for the golden future I can’t even start I’ve had every promise broken, there’s anger in my heart!!’ You don’t know what it’s like, you don’t have a clue,.. If you did, you’d find yourselves doing the same thing too!

There has been a lot of anger over how so many things have not turned out quite the way I hoped in my adult life. ITT, the Army, the Insurance Adjusting business... However, as I’ve hinted on my Facebook page for months now, that will change very soon. And it’s gonna change by me finally using my VA education benefits to return to school. I am going back to college for a Bachelor’s in
Computer Science.

The specialty in that major hasn’t been decided yet. That’s something you do later on in the course of study. However, I think I’ll be pursuing Cyber-security since there is ALWAYS a lot of work in that field. I was originally considering an Education degree so I could become a Teacher but, I changed my mind on that one. Just getting some damned information on how to pursue that course was so
infuriating that I decided to go with my natural inclinations instead. Tech is where I belong.

I was also thinking about getting some kind of Master’s but, my Bachelor’s from ITT had a completely different accreditation service than my new school, the University of New Orleans. So. I have to start over as an Undergraduate again. I can’t say I’m surprised. Life has already made me start over at zero several times in the last 10 years. This time though, Uncle Sam is picking up the tab so, I really don’t care.

However, getting this far was certainly a bit of a misadventure. And I guess it all started the first time I went to college from 2004 through 2008...

ITT

I chose the title of this blog because ‘Education for the future’ was the advertising slogan that ITT used back when I first went there in 2004. That was also a time when it was still a legitimate institution. Now. I’m probably laughed at by any potential employer that sees that school listed on my Resume. Despite all that work that went into college for 4 years, I was immediately set back at Zero
after graduating in 2008. Back then, it was because of the bad economic situation. Now, it’s because the business people that ran ITT ran that school into the ground.

I worked so hard in college that first time around, trying to accomplish a dream of becoming a game designer. It didn’t take long after graduation to realize that wasn’t going to happen. That was the first time life made me start over at zero. Or, maybe I should say -52,000 since I had $52,000 worth of student loans that needed to be repaid ASAP. Thankfully, they are almost all gone now.

Now, 9 years later, I have all but $7,000 (maybe less) of the loans paid off The rest will be gone sometime in the next 2 or 3 years, if everything goes according to plan. Maybe sooner if I can afford to put some money away to pay off large chunks at once but, that isn't likely to happen. (And I’m sure ht I said something like that about 2 or 3 years ago as well..)

Anyway, I chose the private sector back then because pubic universities here in New Orleans were a joke at the time. I didn't think much of community colleges back then either. I didn’t even really know what they were. I thought they were just the schools that losers attended. Now, I realize that I probably should have went to one of them for something technical instead of those Sierra Bravos at ITT. Oh well. Lesson learned... At great personal and financial expense...

And no, the ITT experience wasn't a complete waste. I did learn a lot and meet a lot of nice people. The problem is that the phrase 'ITT Technical Institute' is basically poisonous to a resume nowadays.


It's funny because it's true...

At least I don’t have to worry about people specifically telling me no in job interviews just because of that worthless ITT degree for another 4 years. It’s also great that college is being paid for this time by a benefit that I earned instead of loans. I sure wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the kids that ITT messed over when they closed. The Feds had to set up a special program to help them. As if all the problems paying back student loans weren’t bad enough for some people back in the ‘Great Depression that we’re lust gonna call a Recession' of 2008.


No matter what the Feds did in 2008, it was still going to be very controversial and only marginally effective at best...

Concerns about Bleeding Heart Liberal professors and the kids that idolize them like false gods...

Bleeding Hearts who are also tenured professors are one of the reasons why I utterly refused to pursue anything in the Humanities, outside of Education degrees. That, and a degree in the Humanities (or any other form of Liberal Arts) just doesn’t get you a job. Also, my grades shouldn’t be at the mercy of biased ideologues who are pissed that I dared to reject some (or all) of their philosophy and/or worldview. That would be their own fault for actually giving a philosophy like Postmodernism the time of day. ‘Feels over Reals’ doesn’t work in the real world, folks. You cannot simply reject objective reality and substitute your own. Those Commie professors are NOT Doctor Who.

All that being said. I got along quite well with all of my professors at ITT, especially the Bleeding Hearts. One of them even made me his unofficial teaching assistant by paying me to type up his lesson plans and correct his grammatical mistakes. Spelling wasn’t one of his gifts.

I doubt strongly that I'm going to have to worry about any hippies among the student body, either. I took a good look around while I was there exploring the UNO campus. With only a few exceptions, they all looked quite normal and well-adjusted to me. In fact, they looked downright happy. I think I’ll be happy there. Being there puts a smile on my face. And being so focused on STEM these days, that school is essentially one giant Mad Science Laboratory. I think I may have just found my home away from home. :)

However, I know what to do when/if any of the kids try to give me any grief about anything, especially how I’m paying for school this time around...

Or in my case, almost 5 years...

Actually going down to UNO and getting registered, taking placement tests, et al.

I went down to the school for a campus tour and officially submitted my application in October. That process was fairly painless. The school also has the largest library I’ve ever visited in my life, with the possible exception of the Jefferson Parish Library’s main branch in Metairie. They even still had Microfiche there. That on-campus library is also apparently a repository for a lot of government documents so, that’s liable to be very useful in the future. Not yet sure how, though...

I walked around the campus on my own for hours, just to re-familiarize myself with the layout of the land. I knew this school fairly well because I went there for a few summer programs for genius kids over 20 years ago. Many things changed but, a lot of them didn’t. The Education building is still almost exactly the same. That’s where those summer programs took place. I’m sure a lot of the
General Education prerequisites will also be taught there.

In addition to my ITT degree not being worth anything to them (which is annoying), I had to take a few placement tests from a service called Accuplacer. My old ACT scores from High School wouldn’t work anymore since they are only considered good for 5 years. I graduated from High School over 16 years ago now.

There were 2 tests to take Sentence Structure and Elementary Algebra, The Sentence Structure test was painfully easy. I finished it in 13 minutes and 30 seconds and got a final score of 107. I’m not sure how those tests are graded. However, that score was good enough to test out of the first semester’s English class, if desired. The Algebra test though, was more difficult. I had to take that one twice. I needed a minimum score of 65 for that one and got a 68 on the second try. I’ll be taking something akin to a remedial math course but, that’s okay. I haven’t looked at (let alone used) much Algebra for more than 12 years. I could use a refresher course.

Thankfully, I can feel my brain starting to re-orient itself to the type of logical thinking required for crunching these fancy numbers. Neuroplasticity for the WIN!

Getting registered for classes was also a bit annoying since I was just directed to a website and told to do it myself without much real instruction. Sounds like I’m dealing with government employees again, huh? Oh well, I’ll get used to this new paradigm in fairly short order. (Or, so they tell me...) Either way, I’m actually looking forward to some of the classes I have for this first semester. I think they will be fun. :)

Laughing at my enemies, both real and imagined...

So many jackasses I used to know in the Army are going to be rather incensed when they hear about this latest misadventure of mine. Mostly because it’s being funded by their tax dollars.

They’ll also be pissed when they discover that the VA will be giving me a living stipend while I’m a full-time college student.

They’ll be downright enraged to learn that the stipend and my VA disability check (which I started collecting in April) will cover my monthly living expenses. The fact that there will also be a small profit after expenses may drive them through the proverbial roof. :P

And just so all of you fools know, I am laughing at you. Your fury and gnashing of teeth is truly Top Kek to me.


**Laughs in Successful**

I am laughing at SC, who thought I was about to lose my house and tried to blast my personal business over Facebook in November of 2016. Not only was he completely wrong in his assertions, he also never had any idea what I was really doing in life. Maybe he thought the jokes about being broke were a serious cry for help? I was working and living paycheck-to-paycheck, dumbass. Either way, I’m not selling my house and moving away from New Orleans again. Fuck that shit and fuck YOU too, asshole. You told me on a few occasions that you think you have Asperger’s Syndrome. I still say you should go get that tested. That being said, for me there is no doubt. That’s probably the only way you could have been so clueless. Since when do you go blasting other people’s business all over Facebook, numbnuts? Did your parents not teach you any kind of manners or public decorum as a child?

I am also laughing at those two snake in the grass bastards TAB and BKD. Both of whom deserve to rot in the Ninth Inner Circle along with Brutus, Cassius, Judas Iscariot and all other Sierra Bravos who betray their friends. You two apparently thought I was good for nothing, but I can assure you both it’s actually the other way around. You two are lucky the Army was willing to employ you. Neither one of you would have much luck in the civilian world because of your tendencies to act like an ASSHOLE. Or, in BKD’s case, a fucking degenerate BDSM faggot whose also probably an amoral sociopath. Lord knows the way you treat women is only marginally better than Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. You sick fuck. The way that you use them for your own purposes is genuinely horrifying to anyone with a conscience.

I am also laughing at all the shitbag excuses for NCO’s that I had to deal with too. They are also lucky that the Army hired them because no one else would. Well, maybe a few sleazy used car dealerships would but, that’s not really an improvement... The less I have to say about any of them, the better. I’ve already beaten that dead horse more than enough.



That shitbag even looks like he may have been an NCO at one time...


Also, I am really having a good laugh at that shitbag BPC, who thought ho was somehow going to shame me back into the Army after I left. And when that didn't work, he tried to cyberstalk me too. Boy, did that turn out to be an EPIC FAIL. He might even slit his wrists over the fact that I got the VA to pay for college and provide me a lifelong disability check. Serves you right too, Cocksucker. I normally would consider someone committing suicide to be awful. However, in your case, I wouldn’t lose even one minute of sleep. Just remember that it's 'down the road' and not 'across the street'.


Fuck YOU, BPC And not in a way that your Homosexual ass might enjoy!

So, SC, BKD, TAB & BPC, as you can all see now, I WIN. The whole damned Army couldn't find a way to fuck me over. I'm too damned smart for you all. I got out of the Army in one piece and am now living a damned good life. And you shitbags are paying for it with your tax dollars. Muhuhahahahahahahahahahaha... Oh, I will be laughing at that for the rest of my life.

As for everyone else... Well, raise a glass my dudes, and toast to my future. Things were a bit rough after leaving the Army in 2014, but they are starting to work themselves out now. No more shitty jobs, No more desperate attempts to scrounge up cash to cover life’s expenses. No more government BULLSHIT since I now have everything straightened out with the VA. The future looks bright. And unlike the wasted years at ITT, this time I’m not going to be surprised by that proverbial 'light at the end of the tunnel’ actually being an oncoming freight train.



Raise a glass, my dudes.

Life is good and it is only getting better. I have spoken.

Sincerely,

Lord Publius

Thursday, December 21, 2017

UFO Secrets revealed?...

With all this talk of UFO's in the news as of late, I think it's finally time for me to reveal the great shot of one that I captured a few years back. It was while I was still in the Army.

I used to work at a place that was way out in the sticks. One night on the radar screens, we saw something weird. A few fighters from a nearby Air Force base were scrambled to intercept and investigate. This was the clearest shot they could get with their gun cameras...

Looks kinda familiar...
The truth is out there, Scully... :P

- Lord Publius

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The White Death

Today is the 112th birthday of the most BASED Commie Killing Sniper of all time: Simo 'The White Death' Hayha.

He had 542 confirmed Soviet kills with his sniper rifle and at least 200 more with a Submachine gun. All of this happened within the space of about 2 months during the 1939-40 Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland.

He lived to the age of 96. Heaven wasn't ready for such awesomeness yet. Hell was afraid he'd take over. The Angel of Death wasn't really in a hurry to get him either. Especially after seeing what the man could do with iron sights on a crappy Finnish copy of a Mosin-Nagant.

If there is anyone who deserves to have his own Power Metal tribute from a band like Sabaton, it's definitely Simo.

\m/O_O\m/


This man's praises should be sung by soldiers and school children alike.
- Publius

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My own Starbase, heh?

So, I'm scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and see this delightful little gem for my meme collection...


Such a dangerous question to ask...



...And I have several different answers to the question it poses.

1.) 23rd Century Prime Timeline solution

- Constitution Class Refit or Excelsior Class Refit for the Flagship. (I'd like to have both.)

- Miranda Class for the Cruiser.

- A few stolen Klingon Birds of Prey retrofitted with Starfleet technology for the 'fighters'.

2.) 24th Century Prime Timeline solution

- Galaxy or Sovereign Class Flagship. (I'd like to have both.)

- Nebula Class Cruiser.

- A whole fleet of Defiant Class 'Escort' ships for the fighters... (The Borg would be soooooo fucked if they attacked that base.)

3.) Mixed franchise solution

- A large carrier vessel like the Battlestar Galactica from NuBSG for the flagship.

-  Galaxy or Sovereign Class for the Cruiser.

- A whole fleet of X-Wings from Star Wars for the fighters.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Left simply can NOT meme.

They really can't. It's really sad and pathetic. And I have a few horrid examples that I will respond to with both text explaining why they are wrong and a meme of my own...

1.) Trying to label soldiers as being Alt-Left (I think...)

Lame...


So, you're going to equate American soldiers with being violent and Leftist? I'm afraid not. Most Service-members are pretty conservative in their social views. Also, just because the job involves violence doesn't mean they are violent people by nature. Funny how the Left is so quick to stereotype someone when they always go out of their way to say that stereotypes are wrong...




2.) Antifa...


This ought to be used as evidence against Antifa in a Federal Terrorism trial...

This one is going to take several talking points to debunk...

- White Supremacy is thinking that White people are inherently superior to all other races. It has nothing to do with Patriotism, despite how many White Supremacists claim they love America. Truth is that they love their idealized vision of America that they have in their minds. Like the Left, those people have a serious problem recognizing/understanding objective reality.

- I have never met anyone that actually did support the militarization of the Police. Why would a White Supremacist want that anyway? That means the cops would be able to use military hardware against them.

- The Left usually does conflate wanting illegal immigration stopped with being against immigration in general. Obviously, that isn't true. They know it too. They just want to flood the country with poor Mexicans so they can get them on Welfare and turn them into Democrat voters.

- Cultural 'Color Blindness' is bad? So, you want me to start paying attention to someone's race? I thought that was bad... [/Sarcasm] By the way, I don't ignore such things. I do notice if someone has a different skin color. I just don't comment on it because it's not important.

- 'Fetishizing European Identity'? What the Fuck? The only thing I have for a fetish is gorgeous Redheads with big tits. Also, I'm not European. Why would I care about an identity that I don't even have?

- I don't recognize 'white privilege' because it doesn't exist. If it did, I would be a multi-millionaire banging supermodels on piles of cash. Sadly, that is not taking place. :(





3.) Proud Resister...

And then, there's this moronic asshole...


- If there are any 'sinister forces' trying to sabotage America, it would be you. After all, you people are the ones who are using various organizations funded by George Soros to try to defame and publicly destroy your political opponents.

- Obamacare gutted Healthcare. Trying to get rid of that awful garbage policy (which would probably have happened by now if not for that RINO John McCain) is probably the most important thing Trump will ever do with regard to his domestic policy. And yes, it is going to go away. You will NOT be freeloading off of hardworking taxpayers who can barely keep their own head above water.

- We should be doing a lot more than just 'threatening' North Korea. With all their cyberattacks against us, we already have all the provocation we need to bomb them off the face of the Earth. If not for their ability to actually harm our friends in that region (South Korea & Japan), we probably would have done it already. If there's anything America loves to do, it's bomb the shit out of 3rd world countries that annoy us.

- No one abandoned Puerto Rico. Recovering from the damage that a Hurricane can inflict will take time. And it will probably take a lot longer since the corrupt government on the island is making that recovery effort a lot more difficult.

- Calling them out for being propagandists spewing fake news is not an assault on the Free Press. That is exposing them for their dishonesty and bullshit.

- No, you Leftists are trying to divide America. You're trying to do it by going out of your way to make minority races think they are being victimized by society instead of their own misdeeds. And that's just the way you (not-so-secretly) racists fucks want it too. Anything to keep the niggers on the plantation, huh? As if destroying the Black family by giving single mothers a lot of welfare money wasn't bad enough...


The scariest thing in the world to a Democrat is a Nigga with a brain.



4.) No attraction to fatties...

No, it really is just a preference...

- Oh, so now you're gonna try to tell me what I can and cannot do with my own dick? I had a few friends that tried that kind of shit about 10 years ago now. I dropped them in a heartbeat without even giving it a second thought. To this day, those losers still don't understand why I turned my back on them.

- Furthermore, what's the point in dating someone that will NEVER make your dick hard? You do realize that the dating ritual was specifically designed to help you find a mate and start a family, right?

- Finally, there's a reason why fat chicks don't get a lot of love. It's because they are NOT healthy and will pass bad genes to the kids. And that is assuming they are physically able to have children at all. With regard to a woman's waistline, the curves are supposed to be concave not convex.

Who knew Slim Shady was on the Spectrum? :P

- Even the fat chicks know this on some level. That's why they chase after men that are fit and ignore fat dudes. It's called a 'biological imperative' for a reason.

What a bitch...
- Besides, would you want to sleep with something like this?...

Not even to help ensure the survival of the Human race...

5.) Know your role...

No wonder career women always end up old and alone...

- Actually, no. Economics changed. And the woman is never likely to be the protector since they are generally NOT built for physical altercations with members of the opposite sex.

- A beta cuck might be submissive to you. The kind of man you would actually want to be married to would demand respect. If you don't give it to him, he'll leave and go find a woman that does.

- This kind of crap came from 3rd Wave Feminism, aka 'Feminazi SJW's who are mad because no man wants to fuck them.' Honestly, who can blame men for avoiding them like the plague? Look what it produces...

The bottom half here is just plain disgusting...

6.) The Left's pathetic attempt to respond to the Meme Jihad started by /pol/ and other dens of internet faggotry...

I added to the meme with another meme, just as a way of destroying the top half of this new combination picture. I think it speaks for itself...


The God Emperor has spoken.

- They really just don't get it at all...

Pepe was instrumental in Hitlary's ruin. Keks be upon him.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sometimes, I get suspicious...

...And that is, sometimes, sadly necessary. On 23 September 2017, I had a woman's profile like both my music and car page on Facebook AND the video game page that I help moderate/administrate as well. All within 3 minutes of each other. That is very strange...

I did some checking on this profile. It was created in November of 2016. It joined a closed music group that I am also a part of on or around 10 April 2017 and made a 'thanks for adding me' post that morning at 7:47AM CST. This individual finding my music page through that group is quite understandable and believable. If there was ever a video in that group that I liked, I would shamelessly share/post it to my own music page. I do that with every music page that I follow. More content is almost always a good thing with enthusiast/hobbyist pages. After looking through that person's profile, I can see that she's also part of several other musical groups where I'm also a member. So, that's almost certainly how she became aware of my music page's existence.

How this person found the car and video game pages (and then liked them both almost simultaneously about 2 minutes after the music page) is what leaves me feeling suspicious. I tend to keep my pages separate from each other and do not advertise them through any cross-promotion. In fact, I don't do any advertising at all. That takes time and money that I am not willing to spend.

So, how did this woman whose profile lists Inverness, Flordia as a hometown find all 3 pages in rapid succession? Is FB doing some kind of advertising without my knowledge?  If so, then this woman need not worry about me being a bit suspicious. It's nothing personal, Ma'am. I just don't trust people very easily anymore. Too many hard lessons and negative life experiences.

Or, is this that shitbag stalker again?

For those of you who are new to this blog, you can read about the stalker here and here. Long story short, someone I went through basic training with almost 8 years ago now just couldn't accept the fact that I hated the military and got out. He also didn't agree with the 17 reasons that I gave for leaving in a post you can read here. After giving him the boot, this guy turned into a stalker and tried to get me kicked off Facebook. I told FB what was going on and then they gave him the boot instead. A lot of my friends also filed complaints against him for trying to impersonate me on FB and just being a creepy weirdo.

He did try apologizing months later with a message from a new profile he created but, I never responded. I didn't even know it was sent until months after the fact because it went into that 'Other' folder in my FB messages. Even those of us who know of that folder don't check it very often. He also tried creating a fan page for this blog and then foolishly made me aware of it by liking both my music and car pages. I ran him off again and blocked that fan page from seeing anything of mine on FB. I am not interested in having ANY dealings with him ever again.

Since I knew he was reading this blog, I made him very aware that I knew what he was doing and that it was going to stop. Otherwise, I'd go to his Chain of Command/Concern and file an official complaint. That would have destroyed his career. Cyberstalking is considered a felony offense under UCMJ articles 92 and 134. However, I later found out that he was already on his way out of the Army via a medical/psychological discharge. So, all I really would have done was put a rancid cherry on top of the shit sundae his life had become.

And since I know you are still occasionally reading this blog Shitbag, I strongly suggest you fuck off. Just because you're a civilian now doesn't mean you're safe from my retaliation. All that means is that I call the FBI (and certain other Federal agencies) instead of your Commanding Officer and company First Sergeant.

By the way, your parody blog (which I'm not going to bother linking to here) is pathetic. Is that what you call 'shitposting', mister? EPIC FAIL. And your spelling/grammar still sucks like a porn star trying to win the AVN award. You know how to use Google. There is ZERO excuse for you NOT knowing how to properly write and format.

What is it with all these sick fucks that I met in the service? Is their life really so uninteresting that they have to worry about mine this much? You have no one but yourselves to blame for me becoming an apostate to your false religion called 'the Army.' Of all the reasons I had for leaving (including the ones I didn't discuss in that '17 reasons' post over 3 years ago now), almost ALL of them had to do with the fact that you people are just so awful.

- Lord Publius

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Princess and the Green Beret

Once upon a time a Green Beret asked a beautiful princess, “Will you marry me?” The princess said, “NO!”

And the Green Beret lived happily ever after...

And grew a huge beard...

And got in gunfights all around the world...

And drove fast cars...

And chased busty women...

And hunted and fished and went to strip clubs and drank good beer and expensive whiskey...

And never paid alimony...

And kept his guns and house and dog...

And ate steak and cold pizza

And never got cheated on while he was at work...

And blew enormous farts...

And all of his friends and family thought he was awesome!

And he had tons of money in the bank and ALWAYS left the toilet seat up.

THE END!!!!